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Backpackers are very important to our local economy. They fill critical labour needs at peak times, and bring new life into rural communities.
In the 2015 Budget, the Australian Government proposed an effective increase in tax paid by Working Holiday Makers (backpackers) to 32.5 cents in every dollar.
If they have to pay 32.5 cents tax in every dollar, they won’t come anymore. They won’t experience life in rural Australia, and farmers won’t be able to grow and harvest their crops or fill vital on-farm roles.
It’s not a fair tax, and it’s not a sound economic decision. Backpackers contribute more than $3.5 billion to the economy each year. We need more of them, not less.
It’s not a fair tax, and it’s not a sound economic decision.
National Farmers' Federation
Proceeding with this change will devestate Australian agriculture. Australia can't afford fewer workers in rural and regional Australia, or more workers attracted to the cash economy.
During the course of the 2016 Federal Election, we saw both sides of politics dance around this issue.
Now that the Coalition Government has been returned, the message needs to be heard: it's time to scrap the tax.